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Friday, Aug. 21, 2009

Burnley pulls stunner on mighty Man United

LONDON (AP) Burnley beat Manchester United for the first time in 41 years, upsetting the defending Premier League champion 1-0 Wednesday night.

Robbie Blake scored for newly promoted Burnley in the 19th minute with a volley to the near post that beat goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen made a diving save to keep out Michael Carrick's penalty kick just before halftime after Blake fouled Patrice Evra with a sliding tackle.

"We're disappointed and it wasn't a great performance by us," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "But maybe it was Burnley's night — so many things happened in their box, I don't know how we didn't score.

"With the chances we had, we should have won."

The sides had met just three times since Burnley was last in England's top division in 1975-76, and United had won those games — all in the League Cup — by a combined 9-0. Burnley had not beaten United since a league match on Sept. 14, 1968.

"Nobody gave us any sort of chance tonight," Burnley manager Owen Coyle said.

Tottenham, coming off an opening 2-1 win over Liverpool, routed Hull 5-1 as Jermain Defoe scored three goals, and Robbie Keane and Wilson Palacios added one each.

Stephen Hunt scored for Hull, still awaiting the arrival of newly acquired American forward Jozy Altidore.

Burnley, playing its first home match in England's top league in 33 years, had opened with a 2-0 loss at Stoke last weekend.

Liverpool beat visiting Stoke 4-0 on goals by Fernando Torres, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog.

Morimoto gets nod

Kyodo News

Japan coach Takeshi Okada said Thursday he will call up Catania striker Takayuki Morimoto for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Ghana.

Okada cited the 21-year-old Morimoto's "strength in front of goal and powerful drive" as the main reasons for his first callup as Japan plans to travel to the Netherlands to play the European powerhouse on Sept. 5 and Ghana four days later.

Arsenal shakeup

LONDON (AP) Arsenal has appointed three new senior executives to help run the Premier League club, including a former vice president of NBA Asia.

Tom Fox joins as chief commercial director of the north London club, which counts Stan Kroenke — the owner of the NBA's Denver Nuggets — as its largest shareholder.

Fox is also a former executive with Nike and Gatorade and will report to chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who joined Arsenal in January after a stint as deputy commissioner of the United States' Major League Soccer.

Fox was director of sponsor programs for NBA Properties before becoming vice president and managing director of NBA Asia in 1995.



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